4 Hacks to Save Money and Make Your Home Look Nicer than It Is

By David Leto

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Making your home look nicer than it is presently does not necessarily have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many home-improvement and DIY projects you can take up to make things look better around your home. 

In fact, you may have most of the materials on hand already, making these home-beautifying projects even more cost-effective. The following are four hacks you can use to make your home look better and save money in the process.

Creating Shelves

A shelf or two can improve the look of your home by providing a whole new level of organization to a room. You may have the wood from an old bed to use in this project. Or, you might have a pile of wood in your garage that needs repurposing. 

With a little shaping from a saw, some sanding, and paint, you can produce shelves that will be a great addition to any room.

Create an Entertainment Stand

Another use for old wood in your garage that can make your living room look better: your own entertainment stand. Creating this piece of furniture will not only organize your television, stereo, and game console, and help to hide a plethora of wires, but you can customize it any way you like to add to the aesthetic appeal of your living room too. 

Adding a sliding door to a cabinet style entertainment stand is a nice modern touch that can serve as a protective measure for your electronic gear when not in use.

Replacing Your Windows

When it comes to replacing the windows in your home, you want to obtain windows that are rated to save energy. Many windows today are energy-inefficient, which ends up costing you hugely in heating and cooling bills over the life of the windows. 

By upgrading your windows to ones that are durable and energy efficient, you can significantly reduce those higher energy costs. That translates to more money staying in your pocket.

A Visible Address

A lot of times people have difficulty finding your home because they cannot see your address. This is especially a problem at night. You can often find ornate-looking carved wood or other similarly shaped materials to use as a base for an outdoor address plaque at your local Goodwill or other thrift store for cheap.

When you find a base that you like, simply carve the numbers out of wood for your address to attach to the base. Alternatively, you can purchase premanufactured numbers to save time. 

Glue the numbers to the ornate-looking base with a strong adhesive and let dry. Then hang your new address plaque outside your home in a highly visible spot. This can be a nice touch near the front door or next to the entryway of your porch.


There are a lot of little projects you can take up to improve the look of your home. Small improvements do not have to be expensive, either. Often all it takes is some creative thinking on your part to come up with the aesthetic improvements you want to add to your dwelling.

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